As a writer I know that deep down each of us has stories worth telling. The writing prompts offered here will help you find your own special voice. Read them, let your mind wander freely and listen carefully to the voice within. Then begin writing. Don’t be afraid. Just write what you want to say. Amaze yourself!...

What’s the craziest thing you did as a kid?

The question in the headline above is asked by New York Times Learning Network staff editor Jeremy Engles in writing about a five year-old driving a car on a highway headed for California.

The young driver of the SUV swerved on the freeway at about 32 miles per hour when a trooper for the Utah Highway Patrol spotted and pulled him over.The trooper said the boy was sitting on the front edge of the seat “so that he could reach the brake pedal.” It was not clear how well he could see through the windshield. The trooper helped the child to put the car into park position and to shut it down. The boy explained that he left home after an argument with his mother, according to the Highway Patrol.

“She told him she would not buy him a Lamborghini,” the Highway Patrol said in a tweet. “He decided to take the car and go to California to buy one himself.”

Engles of The Times asks his readers to think about this question (and so do we ask of you):
“”What’s the craziest thing you did as a kid? Vividly describe what happened, including what you were thinking — or not thinking — at the time. Were you aware at the time how crazy, risky or dangerous your actions were? How did your parents or guardians react? Did you get caught or get in trouble? Tell us your story.”

How Has the Coronavirus Affected Your Life

The coronavirus is on everyone’s mind and is changing the way we lead our lives. Why not write about this subject?
What changes has it caused in your life and that of your friends and family? What are the things that are on your mind? How to you deal with the anxiety that this new disease is causing? What do you do to relax or to take your mind off the terrible headlines in the newspaper or news reports on TV? Writing is a great way to deal with things that trouble us and a way to gain better understanding.

Consider even making a comic strip at to examine some of these issues and concerns of yours. By writing or creating graphic stories you gain power over your fears and, thus, empower yourself.

Start Your Own Ghost Story!

Imagine that, like ”Frankenstein” author Mary Shelley, you will write a supernatural tale ”to curdle the blood and quicken the beatings of the heart.” What will be the opening lines (or even the ending lines) of your ghost story?

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